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Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 4 July 2012 (France)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

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Mr. Oscar / Le Banquier / La Mendiante / L'O.S de la Motion Capture / M. Merde / Le Père / L'Accordéoniste / Le Tueur / Le Tué / Le Mourant / L'Homme au Foyer
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Céline (as Édith Scob)
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Kay M
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Eva Grace (Jean)
Elise Lhomeau ...
Léa (Élise)
Jeanne Disson ...
Angèle
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L'Homme à la tache de vin
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Le Dormeur / Voix Limousine (as LC)
Nastya Golubeva Carax ...
La Petite Fille
Reda Oumouzoune ...
L'Acrobate Mocap
Zlata ...
La Cyber-Femme
Geoffrey Carey ...
Le Photographe / Voix Limousine
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L'assistante photographe
Elise Caron
Corinne Yam
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We see a few seconds of a black and white, silent art film. There is a dark movie theater filled with people watching this film. The camera mostly remains on the audience. Cut to a man sleeping on twin bed with a sleeping dog next to another empty twin bed with the same sheets. He gets up and looks out the window and we see he is next to an airport. One of the walls is covered in wallpaper with skinny bare trees. He puts his ear to the wall. There is a hole in the wall and he looks through it but we don't know if he can see anything. He has a metal instrument on the middle finger of his right hand. He sticks the instrument into the hole in the wall. His hand shakes a little and he turns the instrument. This allows him to open a door in the wall. The dog joins him as he steps through the door. There is a set of double doors and he steps through them. It seems as though he has stepped through the fire exit on the balcony of a movie theater, presumably the theatre that the film opened in...

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Trivia

The opening scene was inspired by a tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann, about a man who discovers a secret door in his bedroom that leads to an opera house. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Oscar: [exhorting his accordion band] Trois! Douze! Merde!
[English: Three! Twelve! Shit!]
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Crazy Credits

"Katya, for you" with a picture of Yekaterina Golubeva during the closing credits. See more »

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References The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) See more »

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How Are You Getting Home?
Written by Ron Mael
Performed by Sparks
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Great acting, weak plot and conflict.
3 December 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Denis Lavant is impressive in the film, great acting. Cinematography was amazing as well, but these to factors weren't enough to keep my attention or admiration. The problem with film was the over all lack of a story or meaning. I was engaged for the first 30 minutes, but as the movie continued I started to realize that maybe there wasn't a plot, just a guy in limousine playing different characters. The lack of any kind of element to tie the random events together some how never came. After an hour into the film all I could think was I hope it ends soon. When the ending came well not much I can say, the film fizzles out, no climax. I have no idea way so many people praise the film.

The movie board me and I'm no stranger to foreign or independent films.


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